When the rich make war, it’s the poor that die. — Jean-Paul Sartre, 1905-1980, French philosopher
Too many wars, too many people suffering unnecessarily and having to flee their homes. The pursuit of power knows no bounds. And the few often using Religion as an excuse for aggression.
Post war effects are widely spread, and can be long term or short term. Soldiers experience war differently than civilians, although either suffer in times of war, and women and children suffer unspeakable atrocities in particular. In the past decade, up to two million of those killed in armed conflicts were children. The widespread trauma caused by these atrocities and suffering of the civilian population is another legacy of these conflicts, and creates extensive emotional and psychological stress.
Crisis in Syria… crisis in North Korea… Russia and America facing off… and China getting itself involved in the mix. Yet those are just the most visible flashpoints in a world driven by conflict – look beyond them and there are plenty more trouble spots that could escalate globally. According to the UN and other sources, from March 2015 to November 2017, 8,670 – 10,000 people have been killed in Yemen, including more than 5,200 civilians.
Reasons to understand why Ethiopia is “on the brink of Civil War’’
From Peace to War: what is going on in Ethiopia? On November 4th, 2020 while the world was waiting for […]
Sailing in choppy waters
Given the long standing emnity between Greece and Turkey, which goes as far back in history as theold, now defunct […]
Investing in peacemaking: financial, definitional and gender issues
The relative lack of investment means less quality individuals with expertise can be appointed to assist with peacemaking operations.
Investment in peace versus war: a broad overview
How the world generally, particularly the largest countries have prioritized militarism and wilfully not invested in peace.
The Syrian war: the only winners will be Assad and Putin
Syria is a country at war, and it will probably prove to be one of the costliest wars in terms […]
“Trump’s deal of the century” – legal incompetence or political genius?
Legal incompetence or diplomatic genius? This dilemma arises analysing in detail Section Five (devoted to Jerusalem) of the Deal of the century […]
“What About Us – The protest musical supporting peace – we’ve kicked off”
Wow, this is going to be tough. And it’s becoming a full-time job. We are now on DRAFT 5 of […]
Galilee dreamers: Jewish and Arab teenagers working together for peace
Jewish and Arab teenagers in Israel grow up in separate neighbourhoods and towns and attend schools where different languages are […]
The merchant of stars … theatre children workshop in Palestine
Like for the title of a famous Italian movie of 1953, ‘bread (love) and fantasy’ are the three ingredients of […]
Italy trials a new approach to building peace- the youth driven civil peace corps
I think the world is too much militarised and the younger generation doesn’t have a voice in peace processes. The […]
Glocalist-statalist analysis: what is happening to Lebanese prime minister Hariri?
What is happening in the Middle East, and above all, who will prevail between the Glocalist and the Statalist élites […]
PARTICIPANTS IN THE CONFLICT IN YEMEN VIOLATED HUMAN RIGHTS
All participants in the Yemen conflict violated human rights and committed crimes that could be regarded as military, the UN […]
SOUTH SUDAN’S RIVAL LEADERS SIGNED A PEACE-AGREEMENT
South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar and other opposition groups signed a final peace agreement in […]
SYMBOLIC, BUT DESTRUCTIVE: HOW TRUMP’S JERUSALEM INITIATIVE CHANGES NOTHING—AND A LOT
By Marshall Breger President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and direct the State Department […]
JERUSALEM: A SYMBOLIC FRONTIER BETWEEN GLOCALIST AND STATALIST IDENTITIES
Statalist Mogherini vs. Glocalist Trump: two opposite visions of Jerusalem Glocalist-Statalist Magical Glasses help us to understand the two opposite […]
GLOCALIST-STATALIST ANALYSIS: A WASTE-TO-ENERGY (W2E) EMERGENCY PLAN FOR GAZA?
While Gaza’s electricity supply is still hostage to unresolved Hamas-Fatah tensions, the Al-Shifa hospital uses generators to keep its neo-natal […]
GLOCALIST-STATALIST ANALYSIS: PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY TAKES OVER THE GAZA STRIP
What is the meaning of the recent Palestinian national unity agreement brokered by Egyptian leader Al Sisi, and above all, […]
THE RESTORATION OF CHRIST’S TOMB, A VICTORY FOR PEACEFUL CHURCH RELATIONS
TheChurch of the Holy Sepulchre, also called theChurch of the Resurrection byOrthodox Christians, is a church in theChristian Quarter of […]
AN EYE-OPENER IN JERUSALEM?
Two worlds: the virtual world from the media, and the real world from the people. This is the amazing gap […]
JERUSALEM STUDY LEADERS PUT THEIR HANDS UP
It is always easier to sit in the audience than go on stage and perform. From the comfort of a […]
JERUSALEM: RECONSIDERING THE SETTLER COLONIAL ANALYSIS
Walid Salem has been director of the Center for Democracy and Community Development (CDCD) in East Jerusalem since 1993. He […]
WHY JERUSALEM’S HOLY PLACES ARE SO IMPORTANT
Why Jerusalem is so significant for so many people, and its Holy Places are so important and contested? What is […]